If you have ever driven over a pothole, you know how jarring — and annoying — the experience can be. If the pothole is of sufficient width and depth and the vehicle is traveling at speed, the pothole can damage the tire or alignment. Furthermore, every vehicle that travels over the pothole can remove chunks of asphalt around the edges, making repairs potentially more expensive. Paving Houston contractor, LDC Paving, is ready to tell you how to deal with it.
It is important to repair potholes quickly to prevent more extensive damage to the pavement, such as alligatoring or wide cracks that can be difficult to fix. A variety of methods can be used, depending on your specific situation.
• “Remove and Replace” — The contractor’s crews remove the damaged area, typically with a saw. The top four to six inches are removed to expose the foundation, which can then be repaired and compacted. The area is then repaved and compacted. This method is considered permanent, and it is the only method that is suitable if the foundation has become destabilized and needs repair.
• Infrared Patching — This method is considered permanent as the patched area becomes a fully integrated part of the surrounding asphalt. Infrared technology is used to heat the asphalt surrounding the damaged area as well as the pothole. New asphalt is introduced and blended with the surrounding asphalt to produce a smooth, seamless repair. Because the asphalt is essential recycled in place, this method is considered a “green” method of repair. It also provides the best appearance.
• “Skin Patching” — Think of an adhesive bandage on a child’s skinned knee as an analogy for this method. A thin layer of hot asphalt is applied over the damaged pavement. Although not a permanent repair, the patch will normally provide a decent return on your investment.
• “Throw and Go/Roll” – “Throw and go” repairs are made with cold-mix asphalt that is placed into and around the pothole and then left for traffic to provide compaction. “Throw and roll” repairs add only one element — the repair is rolled to compact it. Both methods are short-lived repairs, but if the primary goal is to stop further deterioration until a better repair can be made, they can be a suitable choice.
If you have potholes or cracks in your pavement, it is important to have them professionally repaired as soon as possible. LDC Paving is a full-service asphalt paving company serving the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding counties. In addition to repairs, we provide asphalt paving, seal coating, concrete repair and parking lot striping as well as the installation of speed bumps, traffic signs, car stops and bollards. Call us at 832-640-7296 to discuss your pavement needs, or use our online form to request a free quote.